The silver lining for Pakistan in the second test match between Pakistan and India at Kolkata is the renewed fighting spirit of Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan. Pakistan had virtually lost the test match after some gigantic run scoring by Indian batsmen especially by Wasim Jaffer and VVS Laxman, but then sheer and nail-biting resistance by some of the Pakistani batsmen saved the test match for them, and rekindled the hopes to draw the test series. It would be a blow to India, if the series gets drawn, as they haven’t won any test series at home for 27 years now and they are really touchy about that.
This time Indians have got a very strong chance to break the record of 27 years, as Pakistani team is currently suffering from aging and ailing players. Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and skipper Shoaib Malik are injured and their participation in the final test is still unclear. Besides of injuries, current Pakistani team is far below the standards of international cricket and almost all the players are a mega chronic failures.
Another news appearing in the media is that Pakistani pacer Umar Gul is basically not injured but has developed some clashes with the team management and the captain Shoaib Malik. Now that’s a familiar situation in the Pakistani cricket team. Every now and then, whenever a player gets some spotlight he just goes out of his skin and mind, and start getting out of the limits. Umar Gul knows that right now Pakistani bowling is in crisis, and team management hasn’t got any replacement of him, so he just starts creating problems. If one neutrally observes him, than he is not even capable of playing domestic cricket.
Mohammad Sami, who is also another historic failure of Pakistani cricket, has once again screwed the nation’s wishes by bowling pathetically in India. He must be restricted to the domestic cricket where he belongs. Team management also focus on finding and grooming new talent instead of enjoying the foreign tours with their friends and families.
Another thing is that, its time that Shoaib Malik should develop some leadership qualities. He has been appointed as captain of Pakistan till December 2008, but that doesn’t mean that he starts laying eggs. If he cannot bear the pressure, and if he isn’t getting the due support from the senior players, then either he should step down as skipper or take some bold decisions.More on:India, Kamran Akmal, Kolkata, Misbah ul Haq, Mohammad Sami, Pakistan, Pakistan in India 2007, Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, VVS Laxman, Wasim Jaffer, Younis Khan
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